National Fisherman

The absurdity, and the warped politics, of North Carolina's fisheries management scam was amply illustrated one again last week.

Click here to go to the original source to read the rest of the story. There you will find the asinine argument of the Coastal Conservation Association of North Carolina that somehow commercial fishermen were catching what CCA considered "too many" Red Drum because—get this—commercial fishermen were trying to catch more Red Drum.

Now, if you've read this far in this article we think you are now ready for our argument about the absurdity of the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) management nonsense.

In the simplest terms, the fundamental problem with the DMF science is that they don't know the difference between their identified independent variable (total fish species population) and their dependent variable (the fish they measure). They have no clue what the correlation is between the number of fish there are and the number that are caught. One cannot even find an attempt to determine if there are intervening variables. Then they (and CCA) treat correlation as causation. That's bogus science.

Read the full story at the Beaufort Observer>>

National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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